Israel Cancels UNESCO "Fact-Finding" Mission Re Israel's Jewishness (or Lack Thereof) When Abbas "Politicizes" It
Seems to me UNESCO's support of "Palestine" was always "political," but Israel finally figured it out/came to its sense yesterday:
Israel canceled on Monday a planned visit by UNESCO (United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) to the Old City in Jerusalem
after it became clear that the Palestinian Authority was trying to politicize
the mission and turn it into an anti-Israeli event.
The Israeli government last April assented to the UNESCO mission as part of
an agreement with the Palestinian Authority that promised to postpone bringing
up anti-Israeli resolutions in the United Nations General Assembly.
Israel announced in April that it would allow a mission from UNESCO to visit
the Old City in May, in exchange for an agreement from the Palestinians to
postpone a UN debate on five resolutions condemning Israel’s occupation of the
UNESCO has been trying to carry out a plan to protect the walls around the
Old City, over which the Palestinian Authority demands sovereignty.
The planned visit by the United Nations agency was seen as a step towards
making UNESCO less political following its acceptance of the Palestinian
Authority as a member last year, even though the PA is not a member state of the
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas managed to violate another agreement by trying to
turn the UNESCO mission into a “fact-finding” tour of the Jewish presence in the
“The Palestinians violated all the agreements we had with UNESCO that this
was to be a purely professional, not a political visit,” according to a Foreign
Sound familiar? Remember Oslo? Bush’s Roadmap? The building freeze in return
Remember UNRWA? The UN's "human rights" body? UN special rapporteur Richard Falk? Israel expecting to get a fair shake from the OIC-dominated UN is like a hen expecting a sane response from the fox who's guarding the chicken coop.
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